Telecom technician tool belts get an extreme makeover

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Fluke Networks has announced the TS54 TDR telephone test set, which it says is 62 per cent lighter and 20 per cent more cost effective than other similar solutions on the market.

The TS54 tester also passes a 6 metre concrete drop test and includes a three-year warranty.

Service provider technicians spend the majority of their day in the field with heavy tool belts that carry the equipment necessary to test voice, data and video services.

The TS54 tester combines the functionality of what were formerly three separate tools into one, which not only reduces tool belt weight significantly, but also helps reduce testing equipment costs per technician.

The TS54 tester brings a suite of new capabilities into an integrated telephone test set, all of which are essential for the ability to properly test today’s voice, video and data telecommunications systems.

In addition to the integrated TDR, the TS54 features open/short circuit detection to 914 metres, a built-in toner with five tones, patented SmartTone functionality for exact pair identification, glow in the dark keys and backlit LCD screen.

The TS54 tester is part of Fluke Networks new line of voice, data and video test sets, the TS Professional (PRO) Series, which also includes the TS53 and TS23 testers. These two products deliver a combination of seven or four multifunctional tests respectively, without TDR or toner features.